October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Jim Devine


Jim Devine

Head of Multimedia
University of Glasgow, Hunterian Museum
University Avenue
Glasgow Scotland
G12 8QQ Scotland

Jim Devine is Head of Multimedia at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, and Honorary Lecturer in Computing Science in the University of Glasgow. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he took joint honours in Archaeology and Classical Civilisation. He has participated in fieldwork projects in Scotland, Italy, and Greece. Over the past 12 years he has been combining his interests in cultural heritage, with his interest in the potential for new technology to present e-learning opportunities in an interactive way to a global audience. Since 1994, in association with colleagues from the Department of Computing Science and elsewhere, he has initiated a series of collaborative projects which has led to a wide variety of innovative multimedia projects focused around the Hunterian collections, and those of other cultural and medical heritage organisations. This has included the award winning Hunterian web site incorporating audio, video and QuickTime Virtual Reality, http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk. He is involved in the supervision of numerous multimedia academic projects as part of an ongoing collaborative effort in developing new applications for leading edge technologies.

The pioneering efforts of this work has led to a skills-sharing partnership with the Center for Scientific Imaging and Photography at the Smithsonian Institution, http://www.nmnh.si.edu which has proven highly beneficial to both partners. He has co-authored the Glasgow Science Centre's IT Strategy Study, and has been a member of the Scottish Museums Council's ICT Strategy Group , and Access and Learning Strategy Group , which have authored reports on these issues for the Scottish Executive. He has been a member of the International Museums and The Web Conference Programme Committee and "Best of The Web" Judging Panel since 2002. Jim has led academic field expeditions to Knossos in Crete to create QTVR tours of the Minoan palace complex on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the British School of Archaeology in Athens. http://www.bsa.gla.ac.uk/knossos/vrtour He has overseen the setting up of a state of the art Multimedia and Digital Imaging Centre at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, providing high quality digital image capture and manipulation, developing high volume database systems for internal and external clients, and innovative e-learning materials for educational end-users.

Recent Publications

Devine, J. and Welland, R. 'Cultural computing: exploiting interactive digital media', Museum International (UNESCO, Paris), No. 205 (Vol. 52, No. 1, 2000) 32-35

Devine, J. and Hansen, C. 'Light from SHADE: Educational Access to Museum Collections through Digital Technologies.’ Spectra (Museum Computer Network, Laguna Beach, California), No. 205 (Vol. 28, No. 2, 2001). 38-40

Devine et al. A national ICT Strategy for Scotland’s museums. (Scottish Museums Council, Edinburgh, 2004)

Devine et al. A national learning and access strategy for museums and galleries in Scotland. (Scottish Museums Council, Edinburgh, 2005)

Jim will present Picture this: developing a museum online photo library. [Paper]